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30 September 2010 Newsletter September 2010

Dear Éiriú Eolas family,

We in the North hemisphere are bidding the summer farewell, and vacation is over for most of us. We are now getting ready to go back to our routine. Routine helps us be more organized and effective with everything we need to do on a daily basis, but we know that unfortunately with it, comes stress. Having the Éiriú Eolas program at hand however, you have the tool to bring your stress under control AND heal your body, mind and spirit at the same time. So keep up with your regular practice, especially Pipe Breathing and Meditation everyday!

For our September issue, we found some articles that deal with the subject of inflammation and the vagus nerve’s role in reducing inflammation. Remember that inflammation is linked to every known mood, behaviour, attention, memory, and neuro-degenerative disease. As the vagus nerve is stimulated, it releases the neurotransmitter molecule acetylcholine, which is able to shut off abnormal immune system responses, inflammation being one of them. Isn’t it amazing that just proper breathing alone can help you regain your health, and even save your life, or the life of someone you care about?

We are also proud to present our featured teacher, Ingrid Tulloch of New York City. Her enthusiasm and dedication is inspiring to all of us who teach the Éiriú Eolas program.

And lastly, Éiriú Eolas has given it’s first three-day workshop, discussing not only the program itself, but lectures on diet, nutrition, and dealing with the problem of difficult, sometimes psychopathic people you may have in your life. We hope to be bringing this life-changing presentation to other part of the world soon. Enjoy the photos of this special event in Lille, France, here: http://eiriu-eolas.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=170

We hope that you will find this information useful to you, and we are looking forward to see you in class!

The Éiriú Eolas Teachers

Meet the teacher: Ingid Tulloch-Martin

Ingrid Tulloch-Martin is happily married to fellow Eiriu Eolas instructor Elan Martin and together they live with their daughter and two cats that are experts at stimulating their vagus nerve. She holds degrees in Psychology from The City University of New York. In between teaching undergraduate psychology, writing her PhD dissertation on mechanisms of recovery from methamphetamine-induced neural toxicity, and the work of everyday living, she practices and teaches the Eiriu Eolas detoxification and rejuvenation system in New York City.

After a year of doing Eiriu Eolas, it’s amazing how different I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. A year and a half ago I was constantly fatigued, my blood pressure was off the charts, I was 20 lbs heavier and every minor crisis became an insurmountable obstacle. Today I can truly say this is no longer the case, Eiriu Eolas rejuvenated my life!

New understanding of vagus nerve’s role in regulating inflammation

news-medical.net

It used to be dogma that the brain was shut away from the actions of the immune system, shielded from the outside forces of nature.

But that’s not how it is at all. In fact, thanks to the scientific detective work of Kevin Tracey, MD, it turns out that the brain talks directly to the immune system, sending commands that control the body’s inflammatory response to infection and autoimmune diseases.

Understanding the intimate relationship is leading to a novel way to treat diseases triggered by a dangerous inflammatory response.

Dr. Tracey, director and chief executive of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will be giving the 2007 Stetten Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. His talk – Physiology and Immunology of the Cholinergic Anti-inflammatory Pathway – will highlight the discoveries made in his laboratory and the clinical trials underway to test the theory that stimulation of the vagus nerve could block a rogue inflammatory response and treat a number of diseases, including life-threatening sepsis.

With this new understanding of the vagus nerve’s role in regulating inflammation, scientists believe that they can tap into the body’s natural healing defenses and calm the sepsis storm before it wipes out its victims. Each year, 750,000 people in the United States develop severe sepsis, and 215,000 will die no matter how hard doctors fight to save them. Sepsis is triggered by the body’s own overpowering immune response to a systemic infection, and hospitals are the battlegrounds for these potentially lethal conditions.

The vagus nerve is located in the brainstem and snakes down from the brain to the heart and on through to the abdomen. Dr. Tracey and others are now studying ways of altering the brain’s response or targeting the immune system itself as a way to control diseases.

Dr. Tracey is a neurosurgeon who came into research through the back door of the operating room. More than two decades ago, he was treating a young girl whose body had been accidentally scorched by boiling water and she was fighting for her life to overcome sepsis. She didn’t make it. Dr. Tracey headed into the laboratory to figure out why the body makes its own cells that can do fatal damage. Dr. Tracey discovered that the vagus nerve speaks directly to the immune system through a neurochemical called acetylcholine. And stimulating the vagus nerve sent commands to the immune system to stop pumping out toxic inflammatory markers. “This was so surprising to us,” said Dr. Tracey, who immediately saw the potential to use vagus stimulation as a way to shut off abnormal immune system responses. He calls this network “the inflammatory reflex.”

Research is now underway to see whether tweaking the brain’s acetylcholine system could be a natural way to control the inflammatory response. Inflammation is key to many diseases – from autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s, where scientists have identified a strong inflammatory component.

Dr. Tracey has presented his work to the Dalai Lama, who has shown a great interest in the neurosciences and the mind-body connection. He has also written a book called “Fatal Sequence,” about the double-edge sword of the immune system.

Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, human genetics, leukemia, lymphoma, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. Feinstein researchers are developing new drugs and drug targets, and producing results where science meets the patient. For more information, please visit http://www.FeinsteinInstitute.org or http://feinsteininstitute.typepad.com/feinsteinweblog/

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Inflammatory Mast Cells Silenced

coolinginflammation.blogspot.com

In a previous article, I outlined the role of the vagus nerve in responding to infection/damage signals by producing signals that inhibit inflammation. In a recent article (ref. below), the role of the vagus nerve in gut inflammation was examined using real-time biophotonic labeling. Basically that means that a video camera sensitive to infrared can be used to detect infrared dyes produced when NFkB is activated — the camera is able to visualize regions of inflammation in living mice. Using this technique, researchers were able to demonstrate that cutting the vagus nerve produced heightened inflammation in gut treated with an irritant. The vagus nerve appears to stimulate regulatory T cells that lower the activity of inflammatory cells.

The studies were performed in a mouse line constructed to express an infrared fluorescent protein in cells in which the inflammation transcription factor, NFkB, is activated. Mice of this strain were prepared with and without the vagus nerve intact leading to the intestines. The mice were then exposed to sodium dextran sulfate (DSS) to simulate inflammatory bowel disease symptoms.

Cutting the Vagus Nerve Permits Inflammation

Mice with intact vagus nerves exhibited much less inflammation in their gut than those without vagus innervation. The cut vagus experiments demonstrated that the vagus nerve was responsible for suppressing inflammation. Further experiments were performed to determine if the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory reactions could be transferred to other mice by transferring cells from the treated mice.

Regulatory T Cells (CD4+, CD25+) Block Inflammation

Transfer experiments showed that inflammatory T cells (CD4+, CD25-) from cut vagus, DSS mice would cause bowel inflammation in other mice, but that did not happen with the same type of cells from mice with intact vagus nerves. Further tests showed that either cutting the vagus or adding inflammatory T cells from a mouse with a cut vagus, reduced the population of regulatory T cells (CD4+, CD25+) in control mice treated with DSS. So, without the vagus stimulation, the regulatory T cell population declined in the presence of inflammatory signals.

Absence of Regulatory T Cells Can Explain Many Inflammatory Diseases

In many inflammatory diseases, e.g. celiac, Crohn’s disease, rosacea, there appears to be a deficiency of regulatory T cells. In the absence regulatory T cells, signals from vagus nerves will no longer produce anti-inflammatory suppression. In fact the same nerve signals may become inflammatory. This would explain why rosaceans will become inflamed by hot or cold stimulation that would normally lead to anti-inflammatory stimulation of regulatory T cells. Similarly, capsaicin, castor oil and menthol, which normally produce an anti-inflammatory response, produce inflammation in rosaceans.

Reference:

O’Mahony C, van der Kleij HP, Bienenstock J, Shanahan F, O’Mahony L. 2009. Loss of vagal anti-inflammatory effect – in vivo visualization and adoptive transfer. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print]

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30 August 2010 Newsletter August 2010

Hi all!

Those who have visited our website www.eiriu-eolas.org will notice that we are now published with the same format. We love the layout and colours and hope you will enjoy our new, improved newsletter.

This month brings you some new thoughts on reducing your stress and increasing your enjoyment of life. And when you start working on one part of your life, often other parts come more into focus. Sometimes our feelings of stress and anxiety can (surprisingly) be related to diet. If you are one that has decided to cut sugar from your diet, we have an article on one fantastic nutritional supplement that help ease the craving for that ultra-fudge chocolate cookie!

In the months ahead, we will also be introducing our Éiriú Eolas instructors from around the world. This month features Eric Burt, who teaches in Hawaii.

Have a great rest of the summer!

The Éiriú Eolas Team

Meet the teacher: Erica Burt

My Name is Erica M. Burt. I am a long time resident of a small country community on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I graduated Suma Cum Laud from Chaminade University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In addition I have a teaching certificate from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Here in Hawaii our family currently runs a small organic farm and sustainable agriculture consultation business. Our current focus is educating the public about food security and safety. Having been involved with health food and organic farming for the past ten years, I have gained a wide range of knowledge about the importance healthy living, healthy eating, and being an informed consumer. For the past 2 years I have been researching organic food and farm policy, and overall health and wellness for the Signs of the Times website.

I first discovered Eiriu Eolas on line in July 2009. As a parent of two teenage girls I was researching ways to deal with stress associated with parenting, marriage and work life. I was pleased to discover the Eiriu Eolas Breathing and Meditation program and I began practicing the Eiriu Eolas techniques with my husband. After several months of practicing Eiriu Eolas regularly I was asked to attend a teacher – training workshop in the North East, I gladly accepted. In February of 2010 I was given an official Eiriu Eolas teacher certification from the Fellowship of the Cosmic Mind.

Eiriu Eolas has changed my life in many ways and I am excited about bringing this life-changing program to others in my community and to the world. My overall health and wellness has improved tremendously over the last year and I am thankful to have gathered a wealth of knowledge about detoxing the body, the mind and the spirit. In combination with regular practice of Eiriu Eolas I have learned so much about the importance of detoxing the mind of negative emotions and past emotional trauma. And with regular Eiriu Eolas meditation I have begun to cleanse my spirit, breath life deeply and accept my unique role in the universe.

This entire experience has organically unfolded over the past year and has led me to naturally share the Eiriu Eolas program with others. I am working on actively living the information I share with others, being the change I want to see in the world. Currently I share this program with families in the community, most families I work with have young or teenage children and many are feeling the stresses of juggling everyday life and raising children in these uncertain times. When I consult families I take time to bring up the importance of breathing and living a more informed existence. I find myself sharing many resources about proper diet, proper breathing and relaxation techniques. The knowledge I have gathered from Eiriu Eolas, Signs of the Times and The Fellowship of the Cosmic Mind has created a cohesive whole in my understanding of what it truly means to BE. In Hawaii we call this state of being HA or the breath of creation. The word ALOHA – known world wide as the Hawaiian word for LOVE, means the joyful sharing of life energy (ha) in the present. When we say ALOHA in the islands we are sharing the breath of creation and life with another – recognizing and revering the spirit that exists with all things and is the highest form of connection between beings. As a teacher of Eiriu Eolas in Hawaii I hope to share this Breath of Life with others!

My future plans include holding regular classes at the local community center, and bringing the relaxing and regenerative breathing exercises shared in the Eiriu Eolas program to enlisted army soldiers returning from war. Most of all I want to help others reclaim true health and wellness and share the spirit of ALOHA.

The Healer Within

From Dr. Rodger Murphree’s book, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

We are born with an innate ability to heal ourselves. If this were not true, we would quickly succumb to the millions of deadly microbes that inhabit our lungs and digestive tracts. These bugs are monitored and kept in check by the inner healer, the autonomic nervous system. It also controls how fast your heart beats, the rate of your breathing, how you walk, how you stand, and how fast blood pumps through your veins. It coordinates all functions of the body, including the immune system. Do you have to think about healing a broken bone?

No. Your inner self maintains a constant vigil, overseeing every bodily process. We are truly amazing organisms. You have a new liver every six weeks, and 98% of the atoms in our bodies are renewed every year. The power that made the body is ultimately the power that heals it. Understanding this concept can be intimidating. Medicine has been blinded by science and has largely neglected the profound influence of our higher self. Health professions are known as the “healing arts,” yet the art of medicine has been too often replaced with brain scans and drug therapies. But true health is more than the absence of disease. It is optimal physical, chemical, and spiritual well-being. I suggest a new paradigm, one that considers the role of our inner self in determining our state of health.

Mind Chatter

Our minds never stop chattering. We–consciously or subconsciously–take in, sort, analyze, and respond to billions of thoughts each day. This constant chatter, if not checked, begins totake its toll on our mental and physical well-being. Negative thoughts can create a blueprint for the subconscious mind to rely on. A few negative thoughts a day aren’t so bad, but 30 years of incessant worry shapes who we become as people, our personality.Your script is being written and rewritten every day by every thought you have.

I could write a lengthy chapter about all the mind-body studies and how they relate to emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, and chemical health, but I think it’s really this simple. Do you feel better or worse when you are laughing? How about scowling? It doesn’t take a scientific study of brain scans and heart monitors to know the answers.

Have you ever tried to stay sad or angry when smiling at yourself in the mirror? You can’t do it. This is because the muscles in the face, when contracted into a smile, trigger the brain to release happy hormones. I’ve found I feel and look my best when I’m physically and mentally rested. When I make the time to tone down the mind chatter and begin to listen to my inner voice, health, vitality, and joy are the rewards.

I’m not implying that you can think, meditate, or even pray yourself free of ailments. I know how debilitating FMS and CFS can be. These are not illnesses to be taken lightly! However, finding and tapping into your inner self only increases your chances of getting and being well in its truest sense.

Sometimes we have to dig deep to find the courage to overcome life’s tragedies. Consider Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist who has no use of his arms or legs. Some would have given up and been content to slowly die.

We can’t always control life’s obstacles, but we can control how we respond to them. Neglecting your inner self–your life essence–while attempting to overcome something as potentially life squelching as FMS/CFS is like trying to use a magnifying glass to watch a big-screen movie. Remove the magnifying glass and take in the big picture. Don’t just focusing on covering up symptoms with chemicals or physical therapies. That ignores the third pillar. Can you have optimal health without personally experiencing love and inner peace on a daily basis?

In order to heal yourself, you must begin to realize that true health comes from within. Your state of health is largely determined by how well you recognize this concept and your willingness to listen and trust your inner self.

The Healing Power of Prayer

Although 95% of Americans believe in God, most doctors are uncomfortable discussing spiritual matters. This is sad, since 60% of the population would like to discuss spiritual issues with their doctors and 40% would like for their doctors to pray with them. The effects of prayer are numerous: less anxiety, stress, and anger; lowered resting pulse rate and blood pressure; increased production of happy hormones; and increased pain threshold. In addition, prayer and other spiritual practices tap into the mind-body connection. They have a calming effect that involves every system in the body, including the nervous system, immune system, endocrine (hormonal) system, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. One study involving individuals with HIV showed that participation in religious or spiritual activities substantially improved immune function.

One of the most talked-about studies evaluating the positive benefits of prayer was published in /The Southern Medical Journal/ in 1988. It involved 393 hospitalized patients who were equally divided into two groups: one group served as the control and was treated with traditional medical care alone. The second group received prayer along with traditional medical care. Neither group, nor their doctors, knew who was receiving prayer from third parties. The group receiving prayer had these remarkable results: they had fewer congestive heart failures (8 versus 20), fewer of them needed diuretics (5 versus 15), they experienced fewer cardiac arrests (3 versus 14), they had fewer episodes of pneumonia (3 versus 13), fewer of them were prescribed antibiotics (3 versus 17), and they generally required less medication than the control group, who received no prayer from the volunteer third parties.

Tapping Into Your Inner Self

One of the healthiest things you can do in this lifetime is to learn to rise above the constant mind chatter by quieting your mind and allowing your inner self to flourish. You’ll start to realize how negative and self-destructive thoughts sabotage your innate desire to be healthy. Life’s true game is less about controlling your surroundings and more about letting go of unwanted negative thoughts–much like shedding layers of clothes when entering a warm room. The ability to control our minds by understanding, acknowledging, and choosing which thoughts, emotions, and feelings serve us best is perhaps the key that unlocks optimal health. Below are just a few ways to quiet the mind and tap into your inner self.

Conscious Breathing

Conscious breathing is one way to integrate your mind and body. Focusing on breathing, using mantras (repetitive sounds), and/or visualizing a word or a soothing scene are central to most meditative practices. In basic breathing exercises, all you need is a quite place and a willingness to quiet the mind. Conscious breathing reduces stress and allows you to filter out the constant mind chatter. Quieting the mind offers the opportunity to get in touch with your inner self. A conscious breathing exercise can be done any time of day and as often as you wish. Use it as a powerful stress-busting tool when you are feeling overwhelmed:

Bring your attention to your breathing. Notice the flow of breath in and out of your lungs. Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing the air to fill your lungs. Slowly exhale through your mouth. Observe the rhythm that naturally occurs. Acknowledge any distracting thoughts, and simply let them go when they appear. Return your attention to the rhythm of your breathing. Continue to take deep breathes in and out. When it feels natural, try allowing more time between each breath. Pause when appropriate, and feel the inner peace. Enjoy the freedom from mind chatter.

Refocusing Technique

This technique is designed to allow you to take control of your mind. Too often we find ourselves at the mercy of our emotions and have knee-jerk reactions that don’t serve our higher self. When facing a stressful situation that threatens to overwhelm your best intentions, stop and take time to consider the wisdom of your inner self. This allows you to avoid being at the mercy of old negative habits and to write a new positive script that serves you better.

  1. Stop. Call time out. Take several deep breaths. Remember that with the help of your inner self, you can take control of a situation.
  2. Look. Rise above the situation and just be an observer. Notice how you feel, your thoughts, your surroundings, any other people involved. Be objective. Take it all in.
  3. Listen. Take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. Listen to what your inner self is saying. Pay attention to your chest area. Notice how you feel. Is this how you want to feel? Listen deeply. What is your inner self, your inner voice, telling you about thissituation?
  4. Choose. Make an affirmative statement about what you wish to choose in light of this situation “I choose to feel calm, balanced, and open to positive experiences.”
  5. Let it go. Choose happiness, peace, and serenity over having to be right. Choose acceptance of not knowing over having to understand. Choose love over hate. Choose thoughts of improving health over nagging reminders of disease.

Meditation

Meditation can generally be divided into two categories: concentration methods, which emphasize focusing on your breathing or a specific object, and mindfulness meditation, which usually uses chants, focused breathing, or repetitive thoughts. The goal in either case is to allow thoughts, feelings, and emotions to appear moment by moment without placing any attention on them. Simply let the thoughts enter. Acknowledge them and let them go, allowing yourself to tap into your inner self. Meditation may be especially helpful for chronic pain. Others studies have shown the effectiveness of meditation for anxiety, substance abuse, skin ailments, and depression.

Yoga

Yoga has been practiced in India for over 6,000 years. Hatha yoga, based on a system of physical postures, is the best-known form in America. Yoga means “yoke,” or union of the personal self with the Divine source. Others describe yoga as a way to join mind, body, and spirit to enrich one’s life. Yoga has made its way into several large hospitals around the country and continues to gain in popularity. Used on a regular basis, yoga offers a unique way to exercise and tone the physical body while at the same time quieting the mind.

The Hour of Power

Taking time on a daily basis to quiet the mind is a crucial component of living the lives we want to live. I try to find an hour of power every day. My hour of power involves prayer, meditation, and exercise. I also use some of this time to listen to positive subliminal tapes on such topics as abundant energy, laughter and happiness, and stress management.

Dr. Rodger Murphree is a board-certified nutritional specialist and chiropractic physician who has been in private practice since 1990. He is the founder and past clinic director for a large integrated medical practice located on the campus of Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The clinic, which combined prescription and natural medicines for acute and chronic illnesses, was staffed with medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and massage therapists. Dr. Murphree is the author of five books, including /Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Kick Your Sugar Cravings with L-glutamine

(quotes from Beating and Treating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome )

L-glutamine can also be extremely helpful in eliminating sugar cravings. Animal studies have shown it quite efective in lowering both blood glucose and insulin levels.

Glutamine helps heal intestinal permeability. It is converted to glutamic acid in the brain. Glutamic acid increases neuronal activity, detoxifes ammonia (an abundant waste product in the body) from cells, and like glucose, is used to feed the brain. Glutamine plays an important role in intestinal maintenance and repair and is the major energy source of the intestines. It is one of the most important nutrients for the cells that line the colon.

Individuals with intestinal problems, including Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal permeability, yeast overgrowth, and food allergies, especially need glutamine supplementation. Studies in Britain and Canada show that when individuals with infammatory bowel disease (IBD) were given glutamine, their symptoms, including abdominal pain and diarrhea, improved dramatically. In another study, children who took glutamine supplements showed increased mental abilities and tested higher on IQ tests. It also helps reduce sugar cravings and acts as an appetite suppressant.

Glutamine is one of the three amino acids that form glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in the detoxifcation system of the body. It helps clear unwanted toxins through the kidneys and liver.  It is also the precursor to two very important neurotransmitters: glutamic acid (glutamate) and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). Glutamate is excitatory; GABA is relaxing.

Usual glutamine dose is 500–1,000 mg. twice daily on an empty stomach. Higher doses are necessary to repair leaky gut syndrome.

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30 July 2010 Newsletter July 2010

Greetings Éiriú Eolas family!

We’ve expanded our newsletter to include everyone around the world who has expressed interest in the Éiriú Eolas Breath & Meditation program. We hope you will enjoy the articles we share with you and that you’ll find them interesting and informative. You will find the world-wide Éiriú Eolas schedules here and contact information for classes in the sidebar. We will be adding new features in the future, such as “Meet the Teachers”. If you have a story about what EE has done for your life or any other information you would like to share, we would love to hear about that too! Visit the Éiriú Eolas Forum and become a member of our online community.

Warm Regards,

Your Éiriú Eolas Teachers

A Natural Way to Treat Depression

Scientific research has established that chronic stress can lead to depression. Mainstream medicine provides many pharmaceutical solutions to treat the symptoms of depression while often ignoring the underlying cause. Stress is our system’s natural response to perceived dangers in our environment. It is meant to be a valuable, protective tool that ensures our survival in times of real physical danger. The hectic pace of our modern world results in increasing pressure on our lives, so that the body’s normal stress response is activated all the time. Alternative medicine now recognizes the connection between chronic stress and depression. The ancient technique of vagal-nerve stimulation has been proven to effectively treat depression by switching off the stress response that causes it.

Stress is literally everywhere in our world today. It can result from problems in our relationships, to pressures in our work environment, and daily in the tragedy-filled news stories that arrive in our houses from all over the world. Stress can also come from within. The constant worrying over the endless to-do lists in our minds, the despair arising from hidden secrets of our past and from unfulfilled dreams of our future. Constant, unrelenting stress can feel like carrying the weight of the whole world on one’s shoulders. Even joyous events in life like weddings, graduations, and promotions can become stressful as we try to conform to our society’s standards of how the event must unfold. Also, we must deal with emotional and psychological traumas, old wounds carried from our past, that can be activated by events in the present. Wherever we look, stress is everywhere, and people are suffering from all the physiological symptoms that come with it, the most prominent of all being depression.

Recognizing the signs of Depression:

  • Feelings of sadness that persist for many days
  • Loss of interest in activities that previously brought joy
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Uncertainty in making decisions
  • Inability to concentrate, feeling fatigued and irritable
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Bodily aches and pains (headaches, nausea, joint pain, neck/shoulder tension, etc)

Now more than ever, it is time to take care of ourselves and deal with the debilitating symptoms of depression in a natural and effective way. Vagal-nerve stimulation employed by simple breathing techniques is one the best ways to alleviate stress that causes depression. The Eiriu Eolas breathing and rejuvenation program is the key by which we can actually eliminate the negative effects of stress on our lives. This amazing program can help us heal ourselves and give us the ability to think clearly in a world gone mad.

Modern western medicine has grappled with the problem of treating depression for as long as it has been recognized as a clinical condition. Early psychologists posited that talking about one’s problems and analyzing dreams was enough. This was followed by electroshock therapy which worked sporadically, but not consistently enough to validate it as a generalized treatment. After that came the appearance of various mind-altering chemicals, which helped alleviate some symptoms of depression without treating the underlying cause. These chemicals just covered up the problem, leaving a generation of addicts in its wake and creating enormous wealth and profit for the pharmaceutical companies. As the mind-body connection became better understood, the importance of the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) mediated by the vagus nerve was recognized as a crucial component in the treatment of depression.

Even modern medicine began to recognize the importance of vagal nerve stimulation in helping to switch off the the body’s natural stress response. Western doctors and scientists took their usual technological approach and created a mechanical device similar to the pacemaker that electronically stimulates the vagus nerve. The FDA, in 2003, approved vagus nerve stimulation, also known as VNS Therapy, as a treatment for chronic or recurrent treatment-resistant depression via a small device that is surgically implanted in the chest. Every few minutes the VNS pacemaker stimulates a small part of the vagus nerve, activating the PNS, reducing the stress response which can lead to depression. This gadget can cost up to $25,000, not counting the costs of surgery. Unfortunately, due to the dangers of interfering with heart function, electronic VNS therapy only stimulates one side of the vagus nerve, and so is not nearly as effective as other natural forms of vagal-nerve stimulation.

Our students and teachers know that there is a better, simpler, more natural and effective way to stimulate the vagus nerve. It is done via the revival of an ancient breathing technique called Eiriu Eolas. It is for this reason that the demand for EE classes increases everyday across the world. It is a program based on sound medical and scientific research and is working wonders for the thousands that are practicing it. The breathing technique consisting of correct diaphragmatic breathing and vagus nerve stimulation. The EE program is very simple to perform and accessible to everyone, regardless of age and/or physical capacity. As long as we are breathing, we can utilize the tools contained in the EE program to lead lives where we are in control of our stress, and be the masters of our physical, mental and emotional landscapes.

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